Small bunch of artificial flowers.Made or acquired for use by Miss Edith M. Barnett.

Miss Barnett was born in 1905 and lived at 558 Camberwell Road, Camberwell from around 1939. She was apprenticed as a milliner when she was about 16, first at Georgettes and later with Peggy Walsh. For many years Miss Barnett conducted her millinery business from her Camberwell home. She made headdresses for the National Ballet Company for many years, taught millinery at the YWCA and taught craft, especially millinery and the dressing of dolls, through the Country Women's Association (CWA). She also seems to have showed her work: in 1937 a Miss E. M. Barnett won first prize at the Royal Show for a lamp shade; in 1940 she received a Royal Show judges' award for two hand-made paper flowers in 'Art Crafts - Amateurs' section. In the 1930s and 1940s a Miss E.M. Barnett also won several prizes for cookery at the Show.

Physical Description

Small bunch of artificial flowers comprised of four leaves, eight flowers and three bud clusters. The flowers, buds and leaves are plastic. The leaves and flowers are finished with a deep cream coloured varnish and the buds are finished with a pearly green varnish. The bunches have been formed by wine stems, attached to the backs of flowers, leaves and buds, being bound tightly together with thread and tape to form a thick stem crowned by the flower arrangement. It should be noted that the bud clusters were made via the afore-mentioned process.

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